To this day I have no idea why he did. He and his wife had just welcomed a new son, and when I last saw him at a conference in Dublin, he and I had the greatest time enjoying a Norway-Ireland soccer game.
But it turns out that a great deal of what I’ve been experiencing can be traced down to a single root cause: deterioration in 2 cervical vertebrae that has caused nerve damage. The more I research, the more obvious it is that this deterioration goes back to bad posture and habits I had as a kid. Recent tests indicated that the problem is advanced and if not addressed soon, I may reach a point where it’s beyond solving. I may even become partially paralyzed, and lose the ability to swallow.
Therein lies my dilemma.
On a whim, she decided right then to start teaching me to read, and in short order unleashed the hack writer before you now.
Where would I go?
I wasn’t even planning on driving down to Austin for South by Southwest this year. I’d been to the event in 2011 and 2012, and the second time was largely an exercise in frustration. One year seemed to make a huge difference in the number of cars and degree of chaos. So I swore off returning for that particular reason. But certain things came together recently to compel me anyway, especially the invitation of a friend from Finland, so down I ventured. In some respects, I wish I hadn’t.